[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12932-12933]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5341]


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Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 46 / Wednesday, March 9, 2011 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2011-0011]


Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing 
Fowl Laryngotracheitis-Marek's Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live 
Marek's Disease Vector

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment concerning 
authorization to ship for the purpose of field testing, and then to 
field test, an unlicensed Fowl Laryngotracheitis-Marek's Disease 
Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek's Disease Vector. The environmental 
assessment, which is based on a risk analysis prepared for the field 
testing of this vaccine, examines the potential effects that field 
testing this veterinary vaccine could have on the quality of the human 
environment. Based on the risk analysis, we have reached a preliminary 
determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine will not have 
a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, and that 
an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. We intend to 
authorize shipment of this vaccine for field testing following the 
close of the comment period for this notice unless new substantial 
issues bearing on the effects of this action are brought to our 
attention. We also intend to issue a U.S. Veterinary Biological Product 
license for this vaccine, provided the field test data support the 
conclusions of the environmental assessment and the issuance of a 
finding of no significant impact and the product meets all other 
requirements for licensing.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 
8, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2011-0011 to submit or view comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0011, Regulatory Analysis and 
Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to 
Docket No. APHIS-2011-0011.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this 
docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of 
the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to 
help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its 
programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Albert P. Morgan, Section Leader, 
Operational Support Section, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, 
Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; phone (301) 734-8245, fax (301) 734-4314.
    For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk 
analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well 
as the risk analysis with confidential business information removed), 
contact Dr. Patricia L. Foley, Risk Manager, Center for Veterinary 
Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton 
Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337-6100, fax (515) 
337-6120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 
151 et seq.), a veterinary biological product must be shown to be pure, 
safe, potent, and efficacious before a veterinary biological product 
license may be issued. A field test is generally necessary to satisfy 
prelicensing requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to 
conducting a field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must 
obtain approval from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS), as well as obtain APHIS' authorization to ship the product for 
field testing.
    To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for 
the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, 
a risk analysis has been prepared to assess the potential effects of 
this product on the safety of animals, public health, and the 
environment. Based on the risk analysis, APHIS has prepared an 
environmental assessment (EA) concerning the field testing of the 
following unlicensed veterinary biological product:
    Requester: Biomune Company.
    Product: Fowl Laryngotracheitis-Marek's Disease Vaccine, Serotype 
3, Live Marek's Disease Vector.
    Field Test Locations: Alabama, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
    The above-mentioned product consists of a live recombinant Marek's 
disease virus vector expressing certain fowl laryngotracheitis virus 
proteins. The vaccine is for in ovo vaccination of 18-day-old chick 
embryos or for the subcutaneous vaccination of healthy day-of-age 
chicks as an aid in the prevention of Marek's Disease and infectious 
laryngotracheitis.
    The EA has been prepared in accordance with: (1) The National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for 
implementing the procedural provision of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), 
(3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS' 
NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372).
    Unless substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are 
raised in response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of 
no significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of 
the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close 
of the comment period for this notice.
    Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a 
license are

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identical, APHIS has concluded that the EA that is generated for field 
testing would also be applicable to the proposed licensing action. 
Provided that the field test data support the conclusions of the 
original EA and the issuance of a FONSI, APHIS does not intend to issue 
a separate EA and FONSI to support the issuance of the product license, 
and would determine that an environmental impact statement need not be 
prepared. APHIS intends to issue a veterinary biological product 
license for this vaccine following completion of the field test 
provided no adverse impacts on the human environment are identified and 
provided the product meets all other requirements for licensing.

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 151-159.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 4th day of March 2011.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-5341 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]
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